He pointed out to me the following remarkable passage:– 'By what means (said the prince) are the Europeans thus powerful; orwhy, since they can so easily visit Asia and Africa for trade or conquest, cannot the Asiaticks and Africans invade their coasts, plant colonies in their ports, and give laws to their natural princes? The same wind that carries them back would bring us thither.' 'They are more powerful, Sir, than we, (answered Imlac,) because they are wiser. Knowledge will always predominate over ignorance, as man governs the other animals. But why their knowledge is more than ours, I know not what reason can be given, but the unsearchable will of the Supreme Being.'
He said, 'This, Sir, no man can explain otherwise.'
И точно. Впрочем, судя по наличию колоний азиатов и африканцев посреди Европы, а также по разговорам о допустимости введения норм шариата, европейцы с тех пор порастеряли немного свою мудрость.